I had a slight hunch that you all would have some (well, a lot) of questions after I shared that I "shave" my face. I know, I know, I can hear it now "you shave your face?!?!" Yep, boys and girls, I absolutely do and I have no regrets. In this post, I'm going to share and go into more details about what dermaplaning is, why it's awesome, the benefits that come from dermaplaning, and I'm also going to be de-bunking some myths/misconceptions about the process.
Q. What is Dermaplaning?
A. Dermaplaning is a non-invasive skincare procedure that helps remove dead skin and peach fuzz from your face. This is something that can be done right from the comfort of your home by you, or at a spa by an esthetician.
Q. Does it hurt?
A. No! There is absolutely no pain associated with dermaplaning and no "down time." If your skin is sensitive like me, you may get a little red but that's about it!
Q. What do you use to Dermaplan?
A. I use the Sonic Smooth tool by Michael Todd beauty. The specific one that I use is electric, however you absolutely do not need to use an electric one. It's around $100 so if you're just starting out and not ready to make that investment, I'd recommend using a regular non-electric Dermaplaning tool. They're much cheaper and can be found at Ulta or Amazon. I'll be linking options for you guys to check out and see which one is right for you!
Q. How often do you Dermaplan?
A. I personally Dermaplan about every 4 - 4 1/2 weeks. You can go as little as 2 weeks, but typically the recommendation is from 2 - 4 weeks. It's all personal preference when it comes to this, so you'll probably just need to keep an eye on how you skin does and how quickly your hair grows back to determine your schedule.
Q. Does your hair grow back darker and thicker?
A. No and no. The peach fuzz that grows on your face is also known as vellus hair. This type of hair is much different than the hair that grows on your armpits, bikini line and legs. It's a lot thinner and lighter so will not grow back darker and/or thicker such as when you shave your legs. As a side note, I've been dermaplaning for over a year and can assure you I've never had any problems with this!
Q. Will Dermaplaning make me break out?
A. This question is the hardest one to give you all a straight answer on. In my year or so of Dermaplaning I've only had a few breakouts that I felt like were associated with it. I'd say 90% of the time I don't breakout, and the few times I have it's only been one single spot or pimple (NOT my entire face, or even a big patch). A big recommendation made by estheticians when dermaplaning is to NOT do it if you have active breakouts and/or open spots on your face. Dermaplaning over breakouts will only cause the bacteria to spread across you skin, which equals more pimples. If you are someone who is acne prone and has a lot of breakouts I might suggest consulting with your dermatologist before moving forward just as a precaution!
Q. Do I wash my face before or after Dermaplaning?
A. Definitely wash it before! Your skin should be clean and free of makeup. I usually wash my face, use a makeup remover wipe to make sure there's nothing left behind, and tone. Then I'm good to go!
Q. Can I wear makeup afterwards?
A. NO! Your face is going to need to be kept fresh, clean and makeup free for a few hours. Otherwise, the makeup will get into your pores and likely clog them resulting in breakouts. I only Dermaplan at night and don't put any products on after. The only reason I don't put any product on afterwards is because of how sensitive my skin is - I've found this is what usually will cause a pimple to pop up. But, if you don't have sensitive skin then right after Dermaplaning is going to be the best time for your skin to soak up any anti-aging creams, serums, oils, etc. since it'll be able to penetrate deeper into the skin.
Q. Can you use the same tool/razor each time?
A. So depending on what tool you use the answer to this will slightly vary. But basically, if you use something like the Michael Todd Beauty Sonic Smooth tool, which has an inter-changeable razor blade, then you'll need to put on a new one every single time. If you use something like the Ulta Beauty tool, which is non-electric and a single razor, you'll need to throw it out and use a new one each time. This is so you aren't spreading any bacteria, dead skin, gunk across your face and to keep it as sanitary as possible.
Q. What are the benefits of Dermaplaning?
A. Removing dead skin and peach fuzz is going to result in a brighter and smoother complexion. It allows for new skin cells to start the rejuvination process, and helps diminish the appearance of acne scaring. Your skin will be left feeling softer and your face will now be the most perfect canvas for applying makeup. Getting rid of dead skin and peach fuzz lets your makeup glide on since build on the skin such as this is what can give you that cakey look (which no one wants). Products can also penetrate deeper into the skin and dirt and oil won't become trapped (as easily) with this new fresh layer now free!
I know this was packed full of information, but I hope I got everything covered in here! As always, if I've left anything out or if you still have questions don't hesitate to reach out. I'll also be re-saving my Dermaplaning tutorial to my highlights so you all can go back and check those out!